Peace and Justice

Meet the Indigenous Eco-feminists of the Amazon
by Lindsey Weedston
In Ecuador, indigenous Kichwa women are resisting corporate interests that threaten their land.
In Photos: The Seed-Saving Farmers Who Pass Down Land to Their Daughters
by Rucha Chitnis
In northeastern India's mountainous state of Meghalaya, youngest daughters inherit the land—and the ancient food heritage of their mothers.
How Filipina Beauty Queens Are Lobbying for Trans Rights
by Lindsey Weedston
In the first episode of their new documentary series, A Woman's Place, filmmakers explain how transgender beauty queens are lobbying for their rights outside of pageants.
Project Fatherhood: Uniting the Men of LA’s Toughest Communities
by Daniel Ross
In the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Project Fatherhood helps end the cycle of absent fathers and gives men a place to discuss what it means to be dads, partners, and sons in one of the city's roughest areas.
Six Hopeful Breakthroughs from 2015
by Sarah van Gelder
Despite conflicts and crises at home and abroad, 2015 offered glimpses of the road to a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world.
After Trauma: A Graphic Journey Through Wild Healing
by Leela Corman
In this collection of watercolor illustrations, a comics artist illustrates her journey through grief after the sudden death of her first child.
Standing With Malala: Meet the Teenagers Who Survived the Taliban and Kept Going to School
by Jing Fong, Araz Hachadourian
In the Taliban assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, Shazia Ramzan, and Kainat Riaz were also shot—for no more than daring to go to school. Three years later, they’re more committed to education than ever.
8 Amazing Muslim Women Who Would Be Banned From Trump’s America (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
The inner lives of drone operators, refugee camps through the eyes of children, and women who would be denied entry to the United States under Donald Trump’s “total shutdown.”
Drug Use Down, Hope Up: A Canoe Journey Inspires Native Youth
by Yessenia Funes
Reversing the trauma of assimilation isn’t easy, but tribes believe that bringing ancestral values directly to the youth is the answer.
Las Vegas Becomes a Model For Police Reform (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
The Supreme Court denies a pro-gun appeal, Beijing closes streets due to smog, and Las Vegas curbs police violence with body cams, education, and accountability.
Amid Tensions, Christians Show Support for Syrian Refugees in Dallas
by Sarah van Gelder
As a Syrian family seeks safety in Texas, some voice outrage against the “Islamization” of America. This Sunday, I attended church services in Dallas where I found a commitment to live out the welcoming, compassionate side of Christianity.
Why We Need More Shame-Free TV Characters Who Reflect the Reality of Abortion
by Jessica Gentile
The internet has been buzzing about Olivia Pope’s abortion on ABC’s Scandal. If nearly one-third of American women have an abortion by age 45, why don’t we see more female characters make the same decision?
COP21: A Rallying Cry—No Climate Justice Without Full Indigenous Rights
by Sarah van Gelder
"We realize that in this country we don’t have political power. So we have always looked at building alliances, coalitions, or being part of coalitions."
In Photos: Minnesotans Face Gunfire and Cold in 11-Day Occupation of Police Precinct
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In Minneapolis, demonstrators are demanding police release video of a fatal shooting of an African-American man. Earlier this week, five were shot by alleged white supremacists.
COP21: Why Science Will Make All the Difference
by Eric Rehm
Unlike at previous climate talks, countries are coming to the table with science-backed contributions that challenge the business-as-usual approach.